Leon Davis, Andrew Krakouer return to Collingwood 3 months soon after severing ties with the club

Leon Davis, Andrew Krakouer return to Collingwood 3 months soon after severing ties with the club

Collingwood claims former players Leon Davis and Andrew Krakouer have returned to the AFL club just 3 months immediately after the pair severed ties with the Magpies for failing to tackle a litany of racist incidents all through their participating in days.

In April, former teammate Heritier Lumumba said he, Davis and Krakouer terminated communications with Collingwood for the reason that the club had no intention of performing in “very good faith” to confront racism the gamers skilled at the club.

But in a statement, the Magpies announced Davis and Krakouer have both been used by the club.

“Leon and Andrew lately shared their experiences of racism with associates from the club board with both previous Collingwood players committed to remaining involved in the Club’s Real truth-Telling Application – a method to extra deeply have an understanding of their encounters and the impacts racism has had on their life to superior inform ongoing cultural modify at the club,” the assertion go through.

“Leon has been used by the club on a comprehensive-time foundation to assist with its motivation to setting up a culturally protected ecosystem for all staff and players and Andrew will be employed to support assist this.”

Final yr, Collingwood acknowledged a sequence of recommendations from a damning, unbiased critique recognized as the “Do Greater” report, promising to handle and reconcile past functions of racism.

The report observed the organisation was guilty of “unique and egregious” systemic racism, and it referred to as for deep, structural improve.

The so-named “reality-telling” or reconciliation process, which started earlier this 12 months, is a single of the report’s tips.

Davis reported he shared his activities of racism as a player.

A man waves to the crowd during a lap of honour
Davis played more than 200 matches all through his 10 years with the Magpies. (Getty Visuals: Quinn Rooney )

“Unfortunately, these circumstances were not my 1st as I have skilled racism from a pretty younger age,” Davis reported in the statement.

“So as well have customers of my loved ones and hearing my father’s tales of racism and what he expert is one thing that drives me to make alter and make sure we all do better.”

“This is a neighborhood concern, a nationwide issue and finally a earth situation and we will have to do better to halt racism.

“I am delighted to have a function where I am now inspired to implement and push cultural change and know I have the comprehensive aid of all those people at the club in executing so.”

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